Archive for September, 2011

September 30, 2011

Not Expected, But Super Amazing

These are two amazing speeches by people who you might not necessarily think could give such an inspirational speech. Lesson learned: never underestimate the power of a human being.

 

Charlie Chaplin’s speech from his 1940 satire “The Great Dictator”

 

Speech given by 12 year-old Severn suzuki in 1992 in front of the Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro.

 

Nearly half a century apart and yet we are still addressing the same issues. Why haven’t we progressed as humans? And what do most consider progression? Technology, wealth, population growth? What about the development of our mind?

 

It seems that, when it comes to the statehood of our intellect, we have progressed only in the ways to keep our mind stagnant

Now You Know.

September 28, 2011

Happening Now, NOT in the 1940s

My boyfriend introduced me to this amazing blog that follows the massive protests happening in America right now against everything that defines big business and monster government.

 

This video is disheartening because of how far we HAVE NOT come in this battle against what limits us. However, I think it’s enough to frustrate the common person and spark an ounce of activism in anyone.

 

At least I hope so…

 

sidenote: they are shouting “Shane” not “Che” as I first thought and immediately rolled my eyes at.

 

Here is Noam Chomsky’s encouragement and [always] wise words on the subject:

Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.”

The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.

Noam Chomsky

More photos and updates here

 

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September 22, 2011

New Game Show: Name that Creature!

Close up view of a very interesting little creature. Any ideas?

it’s a maggot! It’s a close-up colored scanning electron micrograph (SEM)! So weird.

More Pictures here

Maggots have faces? Who knew.

This reminds me of Horton Hears a Who.

The little people on that little fluff ball that everyone else thought were insignificant because you couldnt see them. And now here we are looking at a detailed picture of a maggot face and he KINDA looks like Heimlich from A Bug’s Life.

And I’m pretty sure he has a soul.

Now You Know.

September 21, 2011

Percent Percent

1% of the American population is considered a millionaire.

50% of our Congressman are considered to be millionaires, some even billionaires.

Conclusion:

50% of our representatives in Congress only represent the opinions of 1% of our population. You figure it out.

Source: NPR

Now You Know.

September 18, 2011

Amazing picture of the day

This is truly such an incredible picture. I don’t really have much more to say because I think the picture speaks for itself.

Full article here

Words, not sentences, come to mind in this picture:

-calm

-determined

-act, not thought

-strive to survive

More importantly, since this guy is from a small village in India, is he more physically and mentally able to handle something like this? That is to say, in comparison to someone who lives in a more urban area that prides itself on a more convenient and “civil” lifestyle.

What I’m trying to say is I can’t see anyone from LA handling this situation as well as this guy!

Welcome to Devolution, America!

September 15, 2011

Henna 101

The art of henna dates back far in Indian tradition. It is used to decorate women’s bodies for weddings and other ceremonies like this:

But now you can find henna artists at indian salons that also deals with the technique of threading hair, a process by which women use thread to tear unwanted hair from the root such as the eyebrows and upper lip. Hurts pretty bad but gives you super precision! ANYWAY..  (digression digression rah rah rah)

My friend and I took a trip to Little India in Cerritos, CA on the search for a good little henna salon to get some henna did done (did done? yea i said it!)

Little Background

Henna comes from this plant called a mignonette tree native to Africa, Southern Asia and Northern Australia:

It is then dried and made into poweder like this:

THEN is mixed with water to make a paste and put into a sort of icing cone like this:

AND THEN PLACED ON YOUR BODY LIKE THIS!!!! (This one is mine):

So the powdery paste dries and eventually flakes off, leaving your skin semi-permanently dyed for about a week or so, depending on the strength of the dye and how long it stayed on your skin before it flaked off. We also bought some cones for ourselves to try it out on ourselves.

And then there’s THIS amazingness (just add “ness” to any word and I will allow it as a proper functioning component of the english language).

Maybe one day I will be as good as this. A girl can dream, can’t she?!

 

Now You Know

September 14, 2011

Art Overload


In the past few days, I have been absolutely obsessed with finding new projects to fill my days now that I’m done with school and missing the orderliness of having a set schedule everyday. In doing so, I have started up a little juice delivery business here in Long Beach with a friend.

We are calling it Salud, which means “health” in spanish. Not only does it mean “health,” but it is also  the word used to cheers drinks!

So it worked out pretty well that way. We’re pretty much saying “Salud a la Salud” or “Cheers to Health.”

FUN!

So, like I said, we are just starting out. But I decided to make my own stamp for our logo. Just a simple stamp that we can label everything with. I came up with this:

I made two different versions just to see which one came out the clearest. I also used linoleum and not rubber because it was cheaper to do some test runs on. But it came out quite nice!

My friend Cristina was at my house during my art project and she introduced me to this amazing video that one-upped my little stamps to the fullest extent! (Intro is pretty long, but it’s super worth it! You can start the video at 0:45 if you want.)

So beautiful. I can only wish that one day I can have as much patience as these artists. I feel like the process of making stamps, along with any other expression through art, comes at a pretty high price of patience.

“He that can have Patience can have what he will.”

Now You Know.

September 7, 2011

La Cabrera in One Minute

 

I recently took a trip to South America and had an amazing dinner at a  steak house in Buenos Aires called La Cabrera. It is supposedly one of the best steak houses in Argentina. So, considering the fact that Argentina is known for its meat industry, I decided to break my vegeterianism a little and try out a huge piece of steak.

 

There were a number of us there in South America studying at the same spanish school so we all took a trip down, made some reservations and eventually found ourselves in a private room, feasting on some absolutely amazing steak and red wine. What a night!!

 

Anyway, this is a video I made during the dinner. The entire dinner lasted about an hour and I time lapsed it and cut it down to one minute.

The artist is an old folk band native to Argentina called Los Chalchaleros. Enjoy!

September 2, 2011

End-of-Summer reflections

I like to compare the end of the summer and the end of a travel journey to the end of someone’s life.

There are always certain expectations you have in the beginning. Goals are set and visions are vivid with adventures and projects to come. You know you only have a certain allotted amount of time, but you also know you will not take any second of it for granted. You will make every second count and live completely in the moment!

Then the first day of summer comes and you find yourself just wanting to lay in bed all day and watch tv or just hit snooze over and over. The phrase “ok tomorrow i will do it!” becomes such a normal expression that you no longer realize how many “tomorrows” have passed you by.

By the end of the summer, you have dabbled in a few of your manifested projects, but you soon lose interest in a good deal when they become too hard to accomplish. You just move on to the next project only to abandon it for the same reason.

Now here comes the end of summer. The nights start becoming cooler. You have to start carrying a jacket with you during the day if you plan on staying out until the sub goes down. Shorts and a tank top are no longer an option.

You are reminded of how short summer is and how much time you wasted taking it for granted. Now, with the last week of summer slowly coming to an end, you have tried to fill every one of your last days doing everything you meant to do during the summer:

Museums, beach, write a story, ride your bike, take a walk at sunset, enjoy summery nights with good friends, drink an iced coffee, read a book on the beach.

However, now you’ve rushed everything so much that it’s become a mechanical chore you find yourself needing to do instead of wanting to do.

The upside to this story is you always get next summer to learn your lesson and start all over.

However, if we’re looking at this as your entire life and not just a summer that comes once a year, you need to start thinking RIGHT NOW about how you want to spend your time. Because life is not a season. This is the only chance you get.

I leave you with a video I made in Peru last September of a time-lapsed sunset over Miraflores. The video was about an hour long and i sped it up to less than a minute. Enjoy!

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